Pursuit (move)

Move data

Type Dark
Category   Physical
Power 40
Accuracy 100
PP 20  (max. 32)
Makes contact? Yes
Introduced Generation 2

Effects

Pursuit deals damage, and hits with double power if the target is switching out.

In that case, Pursuit technically has priority +7, meaning it attacks before all other actions and moves.

Changes

In Generations 2-3, Feint Attack is a Special move due to the type-based categorization of moves.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Darkinium Z and uses its Z-Power, Pursuit turns into Black Hole Eclipse and has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Pursuit
Japanese おいうち (Oiuchi)
German Verfolgung
French Poursuite
Italian Inseguimento
Spanish Persecución

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Heavily strikes switching POKéMON.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Inflicts bad damage if used on a foe switching out.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen An attack move that works especially well on a foe that is switching out.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a foe that is switching out of battle.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a target that is switching out of battle.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a target that is switching out of battle.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The power of this attack move is doubled if it’s used on a target that’s switching out of battle.
Sword​/​Shield This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Pursuit at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Level 17
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Level 13
Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Level 13
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Level 13
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Level 13
Spearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
Level 8
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Level 8
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Level 12
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Level 12
Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Level 15
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Level 15
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 11
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Level 9
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Level 15
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Level 30
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Level 1
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Level 5
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Level 8
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Level 9
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 10
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Level 17
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Level 18
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Level 18
Wingull
#278 / Water · Flying
Level 26
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Level 12
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Level 22
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Level 22
Absol
#359 / Dark
Level 10
Metang
#375 / Steel · Psychic
Level 23
Metagross
#376 / Steel · Psychic
Level 23
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 25
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 25
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 25
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Level 10
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Level 1
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Level 10
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Level 9
Buizel
#418 / Water
Level 18
Floatzel
#419 / Water
Level 18
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Level 1
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Level 1
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 16
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 16
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Level 15
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Level 15
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Level 30
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Level 22
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Level 15
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Level 15
Blitzle
#522 / Electric
Level 22
Zebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 22
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Level 5
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 1
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 5
Emolga
#587 / Electric · Flying
Level 16
Bouffalant
#626 / Normal
Level 1
Honedge
#679 / Steel · Ghost
Level 13
Doublade
#680 / Steel · Ghost
Level 13
Aegislash
Shield Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
Yungoos
#734 / Normal
Level 7
Gumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 1
Gumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 7
Crabrawler
#739 / Fighting
Level 13
Crabominable
#740 / Fighting · Ice
Level 1
Crabominable
#740 / Fighting · Ice
Level 13
Type: Null
#772 / Normal
Level 10
Silvally
#773 / Normal
Level 10
Marshadow
#802 / Fighting · Ghost
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Pursuit as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
Diglett
Alolan Diglett
#050 / Ground · Steel
Field
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Field
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Amorphous
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Amorphous
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Bug
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Field
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Field
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Bug
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Bug

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Pursuit in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Gen 2 — Breeding
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Gen 2 — Breeding
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Gen 4 — Level up